The luxury watch “plot”

2 04 2018

Now that the Deputy Dictator has declared his luxury watch scandal “over,” he’s become more animated.

The Bangkok Post reports that Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has come up with yet another “plot” or “conspiracy” to explain why there was interest in the appearance of millions of baht’s worth of luxury watches on his wrist.

Like other “plots” manufactured by the regime, this is a self-serving concoction. He is essentially claiming that “opponents” were creating the scandal rather than his own arrogance, where he believes – perhaps correctly – that he can get away with anything.

Prawit has blamed the “opposite side” – by this he usually means Thaksin Shinawatra and his supporters – in insisting that “the whole affair was designed to attack Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.” In doing this he also seeks to win back some of the middle class in Bangkok who are worried by junta corruption. By making the affair a political plot, he seeks to influence that yellowish group.

More remarkable was his claim of victimhood:  “It hurts, doesn’t it?… I’m a victim used by the opposite side to hit the prime minister in the leg.”

Prawit shows he’s arrogant, self-consumed and a dolt.

He continued his doltish “explanation,” giving great insight into ruling class culture, claiming late “billionaire Pattawat Suksingwong who died early last year … was an avid collector of more than 200 watches and some were lent to him [Prawit]…”. He continued his doltish claims : “Pattawat was very rich. He had given me his watches for more than 20 years. When I got bored with one, I returned it to him and he gave me new one…”. No corruption there. No political influence sought. No rents collected or paid. Sure…

Gen Prawit declared: “I’m not stupid…. I’ve worked as a minister for many terms. Why don’t I know about the asset declarations?” adding that he screwed up on the assets declaration. Stupid? You bet. Corrupt? Of course.

One result of the Deputy Dictator’s affair with this billionaire is the complete undermining of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Its politicized “investigation,” which, so far, amounts to a poorly constructed cover-up, should be the final nail in the NACC’s coffin.


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